Last Saturday (3), an Airbus A350 belonging to the German airline Lufthansa had to make an emergency detour after one of its engines caught fire. So far, the aircraft remains on the ground awaiting a new engine. The occurrence happened with the A350-900 model, registered with registration D-AIXE, when performing flight LH-575, from Cape Town (South Africa) to Munich (Germany), with 286 passengers and 13 crew members on board.
According to information obtained by The Aviation Herald, the aircraft was en route at 38,000 feet (about 11.58 km) altitude, when the crew began a descent to flight level FL340 (10.36 km altitude). .
Shortly after leveling off at FL340, the pilots started a descent to FL200 (6.1 km altitude), due to problems with the left engine, and decided to divert to Luanda, in Angola, about 148.16 km away from position they were in.
According to information from Luanda airport, the pilots reported an indication of fire in the said engine, declared an emergency and the aircraft began waiting orbits to burn fuel, landing safely on runway 23 about an hour after the onset of the anomaly.
Emergency services resolved the problem about 35 minutes after landing, at 14:56 local time (13:56 UTC). According to information from The Aviation Herald, since then the aircraft has remained on the ground awaiting a replacement Trent XWB model engine.
There is no immediately available data on the extent of damage to the aircraft’s left engine. Below, it is possible to see the aircraft already on the ground and the firefighters in the intervention.
With more information about the occurrence, the article will be updated.